As GOP throws a tantrum in DC, Obama’s fortunes rise

The second major poll is as many days reports significant improvement in President Obama’s job-approval rating.

Here’s the first, released Monday by Washington Post/ABC News:

wapoapprove

Source: Washington Post/ABC News

Here’s the second, showing quite similar movement, from CNN:

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Source: CNN

And why the change? Some numbers from CNN explain:

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Source: CNN

Meanwhile, congressional Republicans continue to throw childish tantrums in Washington over extending the tax break for working Americans, and GOP presidential candidates continue to pitch woo at their party’s more extreme elements.

They can’t hep it, they just cain’t hep it.

– Jay Bookman

436 comments Add your comment

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2011
4:19 pm

Throw in some self tanner and they’ll be on board.

Beverly Fraud

December 20th, 2011
4:26 pm

Collectively, I wouldn’t trust them to teach a fish how to swim. The Dems would make fish wear OSHA approved life jackets and go through a government required “training” program (replete with a new federal dept.) and the Republicans would drain all the water out of lakes and rivers under the guise of “job creation” and blame fish for being unproductive members of society.

And that’s a BEST case scenario.

Peadawg

December 20th, 2011
4:30 pm

OFF TOPIC but hilarious nonetheless:
http://www.businessinsider.com/pro-adultery-dating-website-ashley-madison-endorses-newt-gingrich-2011-12

“Extra-marital dating website AshleyMadison.com has erected a billboard of serial adulterer and presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich in Bucks County, Pennsylvania that reads: “Faithful Republican, Unfaithful Husband. Welcome to the AshleyMadison.com Era.””

Midori

December 20th, 2011
4:30 pm

I suppose the holding of breath and stamping of feet can only work for so long.

just like with toddlers.

Nope

December 20th, 2011
4:31 pm

Why any hard working, middle class American would ever vote for another Republican is beyond me. The GOP has just proven that they are the party of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. They will fight tooth and nail to not raise taxes on millionaires one penny, but will allow the payroll tax cut to expire and raise taxes on millions of American workers. Good to know come November.

Wild Eyes

December 20th, 2011
4:31 pm

Beverly I think you summed it up perfectly.

Jm

December 20th, 2011
4:31 pm

Yep he’s up

Jay 4:23 (below) regulations on government are good

Regulations on people not causing any identifiable harm to others, bad

Midori

December 20th, 2011
4:31 pm

Pea – someone posted that billboard on Facebook :)

Peadawg

December 20th, 2011
4:32 pm

“Meanwhile, congressional Republicans continue to throw childish tantrums in Washington over extending the tax break for working Americans”

So I’ve heard. More of the “my way or the highway” kind of compromise. Merry Christmas everyone from the GOP!

Beverly Fraud

December 20th, 2011
4:33 pm

Erected a billboard, Peadawg? No pun intended I’m sure.

Jm

December 20th, 2011
4:33 pm

Reid is on vacay

the tax cut extension is dead

Wonk or Wank?

December 20th, 2011
4:34 pm

Looks so good for Obama in 2012. The GOP pool cancelled each other out. Each candidate made a splash. But they went belly up.

josef

December 20th, 2011
4:34 pm

Oooohhh..look at all them charts…and here I was thinking the Bruin didn’t care about us with just the one old tired and worn out thread…but he WAS hard at work… :-)

And President Obama’s rating?

On which issue…for me, some gets high A and some gets flat F…

Grasshopper

December 20th, 2011
4:35 pm

What happens when you are constantly campaigning instead of leading, constantly blaming others instead of trying to find solutions?

Eventually, you will find enough fools that will believe in you.

Peadawg

December 20th, 2011
4:35 pm

“Erected a billboard, Peadawg? No pun intended I’m sure.

:lol:

Didn’t even catch that one. Nice.

Midori

December 20th, 2011
4:37 pm

well, we all know how Grasshopper met his end, don’t we?

Jm

December 20th, 2011
4:40 pm

Democrats want to undermine social security

Kamchak

December 20th, 2011
4:41 pm

As GOP throws a tantrum in DC…

When in danger or in doubt,
Run in circles, scream and shout.

Eric

December 20th, 2011
4:41 pm

@ Nope–I agree. You know what else? Funny how our system works so that the rich and big corporations are nearly always the ones (with media fanfare to look good in the public eye) making a “charity” to those less fortunate. A fairer tax code and job expansion would mean a stronger middle class again, with supposedly fewer less fortunate.

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 20th, 2011
4:42 pm

the Nutster didn’t commit adultery he was just being patriotic. On all his wives.

And with his record he only has 7 more years with number 3. :-)

Grasshopper

December 20th, 2011
4:42 pm

And we all know that Midori is sickly sweet.

Beverly, your first post was right on.

Thulsa Doom

December 20th, 2011
4:42 pm

Speaking of temper tantrums I was just watching Faux news with former Virginia governor and Democrat Douglas Wilder the nation’s first black governor going off on Joe Biden. Good grief Mr. Wilder beat ole Joe down reciting several of his many gaffes and questioning why this man’s competency as VP and lord forbid if something happened to O. Rush Limbaugh couldn’t have torn Joe down any better than Wilder did.

Beverly Fraud

December 20th, 2011
4:43 pm

@josef, I’d say Obama sending Arne Duncan down to Georgia in a futile attempt to prop up Beverly Hall politically AFTER it was painfully obvious the largest cheating scandal in US educational history was unfolding would be an “F”

As in EPIC FAIL.

Not much better was the attempt to name her to one of his major education advisory boards.

What was he trying to do, one up Bush (with his appointment of Rod “Houston Miracle” Paige) in the LACK of integrity department?

Talking Head

December 20th, 2011
4:43 pm

As I mentioned earlier on the older column, the CNN survey is noteworthy but shouldn’t be taken with any seriousness. It contains registered voters but does not disclose what party affiliation those surveyed belonged. Additionally, the WashPost/ABC poll surveyed ‘adults’, but not registered voters therefore the validity of the poll is in question and should not be taken seriously.

josef

December 20th, 2011
4:44 pm

Thulsa

Wilder is certainly a wild card, no doubt about that…

Granny Godzilla

December 20th, 2011
4:44 pm

Midori

If they managed to hold their breath just a half hour longer…..

Brosephus

December 20th, 2011
4:46 pm

From Pea’s linkee..

Gingrich was not Ashley Madison’s first choice. Biderman reached out to Herman Cain last week to be the site’s president of international affairs.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

If I were a stand-up comic, I could be selling out Madison Square Garden right about now.

Thulsa Doom

December 20th, 2011
4:46 pm

josef

December 20th, 2011
4:46 pm

FRAUD

He gets an F from me on education….

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 20th, 2011
4:47 pm

To be honest I think Boehner has lost control of congress and it is being controlled by Cantor.

josef

December 20th, 2011
4:48 pm

GG

Did you get the message the other day on the t-shirt one of my folks sent me? “Don’t make me go all South Jackson on yore a33!” :-)

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 20th, 2011
4:48 pm

Cain should be Sec. of Domestic Affairs. :-)

Brosephus

December 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

NoCom

I was thinking more like Multinational Affairs. :)

Butch Cassidy

December 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

Common – “To be honest I think Boehner has lost control of congress and it is being controlled by Cantor.”

Is that like being under the control of a Sith Lord? :)

josef

December 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

common sense

Cantor sorta reminds me of Judah P…just not anywhere near his smarts, though…

Midori

December 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

If they managed to hold their breath just a half hour longer…..

Mrs. G got that snark going on :lol:

Granny Godzilla

December 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

South Jackson…

Pansies.

The Jackson Junior League…now those were some tough hens.

Kamchak

December 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

As I mentioned earlier on the older column, the CNN survey is noteworthy but shouldn’t be taken with any seriousness.

Translation: Only pay attention to the polls that agree with me.

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 20th, 2011
4:51 pm

More like Charlie McCarthy, you just can’t see Cantors hand up his a33 :-)

Beverly Fraud

December 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

Fair to say that Newt is getting Newtered in Iowa?

OUCH!

TaxPayer

December 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

I think Boehner’s cry for help from Obama in getting the Senate to deal with the payroll tax cut legislation has been answered. Obama says to give the senate’s bipartisan compromise bill a straight up or down vote in the house.

Brosephus

December 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

More like Charlie McCarthy, you just can’t see Cantors hand up his a33

Infraction on the play. We have unsportsmanlike imagery against NoCom. Half the distance to the goal line. 1st down!!

Peadawg

December 20th, 2011
4:53 pm

Talking Head @ 4:43 pm sounds like the teacher from Charlie Brown

Quit sugar coating sh*t and say it…”Only pay attention to the polls that agree with me.”

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 20th, 2011
4:53 pm

Newt is running out of money, time to return Calista’s jewelry?

getalife

December 20th, 2011
4:53 pm

President Obama is at 52%. (Anybody can beat him cons?)

Corrupt congress 7 %.

Soothsayer

December 20th, 2011
4:54 pm

“[T]hey just cain’t hep it.”

Jay’s done gone all country-fried on us here!

Wonk or Wank?

December 20th, 2011
4:54 pm

Obama is a president to be proud of. He singlehandedly brought the respect for the office back.

AmVet - A Happy KwanzChristmakkuh to al!

December 20th, 2011
4:54 pm

Notwithstanding more bad news for the cons, I can see why some people get down at this time of year.

I’m off to a Christmas Party (Don’t worry, I’m war weary right now and will resume the war on Xmas soon enough!) and though I really like the folks who will be there, between fighting off all of the girls and being the hit of the party, it is a lot of pressure. Thank gawd, I’ve got my Looney Tunes Christmas tie to sustain me.

Oh well, here’s to finding Amanda and Jennifer under the mistletoe…(And if I’m really lucky, at the same time! LOL!)

Enjoy the evening folks, and don’t forget…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqfZUX5svCg

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 20th, 2011
4:56 pm

Taxpayer – Boehner tried that play but was overruled. By whom I have no idea but I suspect Cantor.

Maybe he has pictures of Boehner with a toe tapper. :-)

Soothsayer

December 20th, 2011
4:57 pm

That Ashley Morgan website ought to come with a warning “warning: jealous husbands can be hazardous to your health!”

Thulsa Doom

December 20th, 2011
4:57 pm

Sho has been a lot of them left wing tantrums lately- enough to get over 2,000 of them nice ows protesters arrested. And how about this- an OWS protester throwing a tantrum and school children on the way to school.

Kinda sick that these POS protesters were yelling “follow the kids” as they walked through a gauntlet of protesters to get to school. Oh, and don’t forget the protester at the end who followed a father and his 4 year old daughter down the block to taunt them. And people admire these POS bullies? Stay classy liberals. Stay classy.

http://www.therightscoop.com/ows-yells-at-little-kids-in-their-latest-day-of-tantrums/

Common Sense isn't very Common

December 20th, 2011
4:58 pm

Amvet – who the heck has a Christmas party on a Tuesday?

Talking Head

December 20th, 2011
4:59 pm

Peadawg & Kamchak,

I’m sorry I upset you by looking into the details for myself instead of just taking someone else’s word for the matter.

Kamchak

December 20th, 2011
5:02 pm

Corrupt congress 7 %.

Historically, over the past forty or so years, reelection rates for congress critters are in the 80-90% range.

Be interesting to see if that changes this election cycle.

Wisconsin has already garnered over half a million signatures in half the time allotted to recall gov. Scott Walker, and his merry band of pekoe types are no doubt shivering in their shoes to see if they’re next.

Go Rocky Anderson.

Brosephus

December 20th, 2011
5:02 pm

We have obvious deflection at the top of the page, loss of 5 yards, repeat the down…

Kamchak

December 20th, 2011
5:04 pm

I’m sorry I upset you…

I’m sorry you’re mistaken about me being upset.

USNC

December 20th, 2011
5:04 pm

the economy is improving. Obama will get credit for it just like reagan did.

will make the AM radio crowd and the other haters apoplectic.

Thulsa Doom

December 20th, 2011
5:06 pm

Brocephus,

Well since we are talking about temper tantrums…Unless of course libs just don’t like having their many temper tantrums of late pointed out.

Steve - USA

December 20th, 2011
5:06 pm

I don’t think Obama is running against Congress in the next election.

A 2 month extension was a BS thing to do. Quit playing games and do the 12 months.

BTW – was there a blog about Obama being at 55% disapproval in September?

pogo

December 20th, 2011
5:07 pm

Relating to the Jay’s earlier piece on Newt and the Judiciary, I find it amusing that there were those here applauding Obama’s public admonishment of the SCOTUS about their ruling on campaign finance during his SOTU speech. Now it appears that he and the Democratic party are far outpacing the Republicans in raking in lobbyist dollars. The Obama administration’s willingness to hire lobbyists is scary and I don’t know but that he hasn’t hired more of these parasites than any other sitting president. This is an administration that is for sell. It absolutely reeks of Chicago Style politics. The fact that the lobbyists are funneling money to the democrats and to Obama pretty much proves that they (the lobbyists) know that they can get what they want much easier by supporting them. Lobbyists don’t care about what is best for America. They are all about greed and they migrate to the path of least resistance which in this case is Obama and the dims.

AmVet - A Happy KwanzChristmakkuh to al!

December 20th, 2011
5:08 pm

CS, I know, I know.

I was thinking about some of the wild parties back in the day.

Some of us would quietly slip out to the parking lot and do drugs (and/or each other). Then we’d go back in and continue drinking like fish!

Yeah, baby…

OK, out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDU4Z_BBkTA&feature=related

Thulsa Doom

December 20th, 2011
5:09 pm

pogo,

Ironical aint it. They do have their selective poutrage they do.

Soothsayer

December 20th, 2011
5:09 pm

Kamchak

December 20th, 2011
5:10 pm

The fact that the lobbyists are funneling money to the democrats and to Obama pretty much proves that they (the lobbyists) know that they can get what they want much easier by supporting them.

Lobbyists throw money at every politician.

Soothsayer

December 20th, 2011
5:12 pm

NEWT IN 2012!
In his mind he knows he’s right!

VOTE REPUBLICAN 2012
We promise not to f*ck everything up this time!

Midori

December 20th, 2011
5:13 pm

Steve,

the archives are located on the right side of the blog.

Talking Head

December 20th, 2011
5:13 pm

“Lobbyists throw money at every politician.”

Translation: I have no defense of backing Obama, but I will continue to blame the GOP.

hahah, I slay myself sometimes

Brosephus

December 20th, 2011
5:16 pm

Doom

Are you challenging the call on the field? :)

Stevie Ray

December 20th, 2011
5:16 pm

JAY,

The most interesting feature in todays Washington Post was much more interesting than the above..

OpEd by Walter Pincus about Robert Gates Insight into Washington…couple diddies:

He referred to politics currently as “a zero-sum policies and ideological siege warfare that are the new order of the day…by the capitals oversized egos and undersized backbones”…

He referred to “the highly gerrymandered system of district drawing to create safe seats for both parties resulting in elected representatives totally beholden to their party’s ideological base…wave elections that sweep one party in to power after another…each seized with ideological zeal and rightness of their agenda”…

Here’s the best: “we are in a 20/7 digital media environment that provides a forum and wide dissemination for the most extreme and vitriolic views, leading to a coarsening and a dumbing down of our national political discourse…”

JAY, what are your thoughts on the last comment?

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2011
5:16 pm

“hahah, I slay myself sometimes”

Someone seems to be nipping in the eggnog…

TaxPayer

December 20th, 2011
5:17 pm

hahah, I slay myself sometimes

And your efforts do not go unappreciated. Keep on saving us the trouble.

Kamchak

December 20th, 2011
5:18 pm

I have no defense of backing Obama, but I will continue to blame the GOP.

I supported Juan McSame and Snowbilly Snooki in the previous presidential election cycle, and I support Rocky Anderson In this presidential election cycle.

Is that clear enough that it doesn’t need translating?

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2011
5:19 pm

“we are in a 20/7 digital media environment that provides a forum and wide dissemination for the most extreme and vitriolic views, leading to a coarsening and a dumbing down of our national political discourse…”

It’s a cop out to blame the media…there is an off switch on that blathering light box in one’s living room. A thinking person will use it.

josef

December 20th, 2011
5:19 pm

Granny…

Were you Junior League?

Thulsa Doom

December 20th, 2011
5:20 pm

brocephus,

The instant replay ruled in my favor. Tee hee!

Soothsayer

December 20th, 2011
5:20 pm

Brosephus

December 20th, 2011
5:21 pm

Doom

Yeah, the booth overturned the call. :)

Stevie Ray

December 20th, 2011
5:22 pm

Who cares what the hours latest polls say? Oh gee, BO’s approval rating with white, uneducated and most likely not to vote went up a couple percentage points….also, at this particular inning of the game the GOP has a slight lead over the DEM in the perception of sleaz….

How much of this is due to those folks researching the issues versus what they are told by their political master of ceremonies whether it be Bill O’Reilly, Glen Beck, The 700 Club, BIG ED, or that former dimwited ESPN announcer?

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2011
5:23 pm

Stevie Ray.

BIG ED?

TaxPayer

December 20th, 2011
5:23 pm

WalMart has a special on pepper spray for the Republican in your family that you have not bought just the right present for yet.

Soothsayer

December 20th, 2011
5:24 pm

Thulsa Doom

December 20th, 2011
5:24 pm

Its Christmas. People are feeling pretty good, charitable, etc. Wonder what those poll numbers will look like in say mid January.

Donovan

December 20th, 2011
5:25 pm

We have been over this ground before. Until you can provide a more credible source other than the Washington Post/ABC, you are only preaching to the liberal choir. You might as well have said the New York Slimes or MSNBC in your reference for crying out loud.

You people have nothing in defense of this community organizer and you know it. He can’t run on his record and you Democrats don’t have anything to help him other than demeaning the GOP opposition.

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2011
5:26 pm

Midori

December 20th, 2011
5:26 pm

While House Republicans couldn’t get their act together to approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits last night, they were able to do something far more frivolousness — commission a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to be placed in the Capitol. The House “adjourned moments after” passing the bill, which directs:

That the Architect of the Capitol place an appropriate statue or bust of Sir Winston Churchill in the United States Capitol at a location directed by the House Fine Arts Board in consultation with the Speaker.

The resolution was seen as a rebuke to the White House, which returned a bust of Churchill to the British Embassy in 2009.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/12/20/392382/payroll-tax-winston-churchill-bust/

I see we’ve identified the cause of all the “angst” about Churchill’s bust on the previous thread…..

Stevie Ray

December 20th, 2011
5:27 pm

JEWCOWBOY,

Couldn’t disagree more but I think to put Gates (who has been sought after by both parties) comments in perspective, suggest you read the article… very brief…hard to disagree and yes, I feel strongly that folks rely on their favorite news commentator, clergy member, or whatever club to which they subscribe for opinions on views..

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-voice-in-the-wilderness/2011/12/15/gIQANOwL5O_story.html

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2011
5:28 pm

“He can’t run on his record and you Democrats don’t have anything to help him other than demeaning the GOP opposition.”

Actually:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7027/6442380909_46c3b4d93b_z.jpg

Brosephus

December 20th, 2011
5:28 pm

False start on Jay. Posting a response on the wrong thread, Loss of 5 yards, repeat the post.

:lol:

Midori

December 20th, 2011
5:29 pm

jeez Donovan

“new york ’slimes’”?

Kamchak

December 20th, 2011
5:29 pm

WalMart has a special on pepper spray for the Republican in your family that you have not bought just the right present for yet.

Why not?

Megyn Kelly insists, “It’s a food product essentially.”

Stevie Ray

December 20th, 2011
5:30 pm

JEWCOWBOY,

BIG ED is a riot…he is on MSNBC and America Left…imagine George Washington on the helm of a row boat on a river of middle class (whatever that means any more) “little guys” getting screwed by anything GOP…I’ve been listening to equal parts America Left and America Right on satellite for some time…it generally makes my head explode but the truth lie somewhere in the middle I think..

Midori

December 20th, 2011
5:30 pm

we need to get Bro a new whistle :)

Stevie Ray

December 20th, 2011
5:31 pm

BROCEPHUS,

Check out the article link I posted re Robert Gates…the most eloquent description of whats wrong with our great leadership…you will dig it the most..

TaxPayer

December 20th, 2011
5:31 pm

Why is property in Manhatten so expensive? Those dang commie Ruskies! What else! The Gipper is probably rolling over in his grave. :lol:

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2011
5:33 pm

Stevie Ray:

“a zero-sum policies and ideological siege warfare that are the new order of the day”

Now which Republican Presidential candidate is widely held by both Republicans and Democrats responsible for introducing this mindset to Washington?

Brosephus

December 20th, 2011
5:33 pm

TaxPayer

December 20th, 2011
5:34 pm

Megyn Kelly insists, “It’s a food product essentially.”

I know! I carry my hand held to the restaurant so when the waiter asks if I want fresh ground pepper on my salad, I just say No, I’ve got it covered, as I whip that little canister out and blast that romaine. :smile:

Stevie Ray

December 20th, 2011
5:35 pm

JEWCOWBOY,

It’s a non-partisan piece…suggest you read it before commentary and/or prematurecommentulation.

Midori

December 20th, 2011
5:35 pm

my concern is you’ve about worn this whistle out :)

got good lungs, huh? :lol:

jewcowboy

December 20th, 2011
5:37 pm

Stevie Ray,

“BIG ED is a riot…”

I can honestly say I’ve never received my news from someone called Big Ed. Now, I did have some tires replaced at Big 10.

“I’ve been listening to equal parts America Left and America Right on satellite for some time…”
I’m surprised you are not insane by now. Please stop before you find yourself having a tea party with Napoleon, Cheshire Cat and Mr. Bean.